Walking

Walking trail

Woolbeding Landscapes

Walking trail

This is a gentle walk taking in wildlife, riverside views and wide open landscapes.

Blue and black banded demoiselle damselflies rest on a reed  at the edge of the river Rother

Map

Map route for Wonderful Woolbeding wander

Start:

Woolbeding Parkland car park, grid ref: SU 87481 21970

1

Walk through the field and turn left at the first field gate, heading down towards the river. Cross over Woolbeding Bridge and go through the gate on the left hand side. Continue along the path following the meanders of the River Rother.

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2

When you reach Stedham Mill you can see the water level has been raised and diverted which created a fast flow of water to power the mill. The huge tree beside it is a London Plane. Head back from the mill the way you came, and go straight along the path leading uphill into the woods. At the end, turn right and head up the marked footpath on the left through two farm fields. There are great views of the downs behind you. At the stile, turn right and cross the lane.

3

Follow the track into Woolbeding Common, which supports rare heathland. You may see our Belted Galloway cows here. Go past the house on the right and straight up the track. Continue along this heathy path, which follows the old stone banked boundary wall. You will pass an area of sweet-chestnut coppice on your left.

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4

Turn right down Eastshaw Lane for about 100 yards (109m). Go through the gap in the hedge on the right and follow the field margins down hill. At the bottom, bear right and then turn left into the woods. Go under the pylons and continue along the path, which bears right. Enjoy the big open space and views of the downs. Follow the path along the hedge and continue about 50 yards down the track.

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5

Cross the road where you can see a way marker pointing into a field. Turn left and follow the path. At the bottom of the field turn right and keep going until you reach the avenue opposite Woolbeding House. Walk up the grassy avenue which leads you back into Woolbeding Wood. Turn left at the top and the woodland path will take you back to the river. Turn left after the gate and head back to the car park.

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End:

Woolbeding Parkland car park, grid ref: SU 87481 21970

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Terrain

Gentle, easy going underfoot, some stiles and slopes. Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome. Please note that there may be livestock in some areas.

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How to get here

Address
Woolbeding Parkland car park, off the A272 near Midhurst
By train

Haslemere Station, 8 miles; then Countryliner bus 70 or 71 to Midhurst bus station.

By road

Woolbeding is 3 miles north of Midhurst; take turning signposted Woolbeding from A272 and the car park is immediately on the right or park near the Half Moon pub at Midhurst and follow the public footpath which leads to the parkland.

By foot

Southern part of estate is close to Midhurst - take footpath signposted from the Half Moon pub, on north side of A272 (Petersfield Road); Woolbeding Common is on the Serpent Trail, connecting local heathlands.

By bus

From Midhurst bus station, take Countryliner 92 bus and alight at Half Moon pub, 2 miles from Midhurst; follow public footpaths down to the parkland.

By bicycle

From Chichester take Centurion Way to West Dean. Midhurst is a further 6 miles north on A286.

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Facilities and access

  • The nearby Half Moon pub serves food every day and has toilets for patrons (not NT)